Ocala Horse Shows
and Horseback Riding

Marion County, Florida

Ocala horse showsOcala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse. Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series at Hits Post Time Farm.

Ocala Horse Farms

Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thoroughbreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.

Hits Ocala - 2016 Show Jumping Schedule

New!:  HITS Holiday Shows Added in December 2015

Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid December to mid March for over 30 years.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider.

Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.

Rocking Horse Stables (Altoona)

Rocking Horse Stables offers a full slate of Dressage Shows, Combined Training Schooling Shows, and Pony Club National Testing events. Located in Altoona, Florida which is close to Ocala, Tampa and Orlando. Rocking Horse

Canterbury Showplace (Newberry)

Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Show schedule click here.

Hotels in Ocala

Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Hotels in Ocala for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planning a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.

Carriage Rides and Tours

Enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide.


Sep 30, 2015
Helping Hand: Finding a Farm Sitterhorse shows

If you have horses at home, making travel plans can be complicated. If you have ties to a local boarding operation that you trust, some people will decide to board their horses while they are gone. If you lack that option, or your number of horses makes that cost prohibitive, your best option is usually hiring a farm sitter.

The best way to find one is often word of mouth - because those sitters come with built-in references. Ask other horse people, vets, farriers, and local horse businesses. More info...

Sep 29, 2015
Trail Riding in Ocala National Forest
Ocala, FL
Ocala Trail Riding
Horseback trail riding in the Ocala National Forest is an exciting experience during all times of the year. During the summer, trails are shaded by the rich tree canopy overhead. In the wintertime the trails are protected from cool winds by the lush undergrowth on either side of the trail. And of course most of the time the weather is great in Florida and so is getting out there on your horse.
Check out Real Adventures Trail Rides for an guideded trail ride through Ocala National Forest. More info...

Sep 25, 2015
Tips On Conquering Trail Obstacles
by Susan Morrison
horse shows
When a rider approaches a trail obstacle, everything may go smoothly or the horse may refuse, get confused or hit the obstacle. All-around trainer and multiple American Paint Horse Association World Champion Earnest Wilson of Tolar, Texas, says the problem isn’t usually with the obstacle; it’s with the rider. And the solution is as simple as drawing a straight line.

“The biggest problem I see is that people don’t understand direction of travel—where they’re going and how to get there,” Wilson says.
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